Monday, April 10th 2006

Conference Agenda

2:00 Panel Discussion: Paying Tribute, Remembering the Past, Facing the Present & Building a Hopeful Future

Panelists: Ambassador Zac Nsenga, Gerald Caplan, Louise Mushikiwabo, Immaculée Ilibagiza, Geraldine Umugwaneza

Moderator: Howard Wolpe

3:30 Coffee Break

3:45 Film Screening: Shooting Dogs

5:15 Reception


Panelist Biographies

Ambassador Zac Nsenga:
H.E. Dr. Nsenga was born in Byumba, Rwanda on the 22nd December, 1958. He graduated from Makerere University, Kampala with a medical degree. He also studied at the University of Westminster earning a MA in Diplomatic Studies. Dr. Nsenga is the former Ambassador to Israel, United Kingdom, Nordic Countries & Ireland. He was the Secretary General for the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Dr. Nsenga is the current Ambassador to Washington. He is married with three children

Gerald Caplan:
Mr. Caplan has an MA in Canadian history from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in African history from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He has lived in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, Zambia and Nigeria and traveled widely throughout Africa.

He is the author of two scholarly history books as well as author of a collection of his newspaper articles, two UNICEF reports, two major Canadian public policy studies, and many articles and book reviews in magazines and academic journals. His most recent major publication was a comprehensive report called Rwanda: The Preventable Genocide for the International Panel of Eminent Personalities established by the Organization of African Unity to Investigate the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. Recent articles and reviews have focused on Rwanda and Darfur, the study of genocide, and issues related to transitional justice. He is the volunteer chair of the International Advisory Board for the African AIDS Initiative of the Centre for International Health, University of Toronto as well as advisor to Stephen Lewis, UN Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa.

Louise Mushikiwabo:
Ms. Mushikiwabo was born and raised in Kigali and educated at the National University of Rwanda and at the University of Delaware after immigrating to the United States in 1986. She is active as a public speaker on Rwanda-related issues, works as a public relations consultant, and lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband. She is the co-author of the newly released intergenerational memoir, Rwanda Means the Universe (St. Martin's Press).

Immaculee Ilibagiza:
Ms. Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. Immaculée's family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans. Incredibly, Immaculée survived the slaughter. After the genocide, Immaculée worked with United Nations first in Rwanda and later in United States where she migrated in 1998. Today, Immaculée is happily married with children and living in the U.S. She has devoted her life to writing, lecturing and working with humanitarian organizations that help women and children of war torn regions. She has just wrote her first book Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust which is already a New York Times Best Seller, she has also started the Left To Tell Charitable Fund.

Geraldine Umugwaneza:
Ms. Umugwaneza is a graduate of Harvard Law School where she earned an LLM in June 2005. She is currently a student at Kennedy School of Government where she hopes to earn a Masters in Public Administration in June 2006. A native of Rwanda, she was the head of the Justice, Advocacy and Information Program at the Association for the widows of Genocide, AVEGA-AGAHOZO. She also served as a Technical Counselor in the former 6th Chamber of the Supreme Court, and later Counselor to the National Service of Gacaca Courts a system of participatory justice established by the Rwandan Government to prosecute perpetrators of genocide.

She served as a Judge on the Supreme Court of Rwanda. She has been an LLM Vice President of the Harvard African Law Students Association, and she is a member of Women Waging Peace